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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 850330
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Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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Compact castle ruin

The castle was abandoned in 17th century by the family who owned it in favour of more comfortable accommodation nearby. It is an interesting example of its type, even though there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Neil L
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The castle was abandoned in 17th century by the family who owned it in favour of more comfortable accommodation nearby. It is an interesting example of its type, even though there is not much of it left. You could see it all in an hour. No major historical incidents took place here, but if you are playing Muirfield and need... More 

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Although a ruin it still is worth a visit complete with its lovely gardens (depending on the time of year of coarse). Built in the 13th century and in 1650 besieged and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

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Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

It s the ideal place to spent at least 2 hours, the castle is surrounded by a very nice flower garden . The walls are very well kept and there is also a quite unique pigeon tour The village around the castle is also wonderful to visit

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Oban, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We paid a visit one morning from Edinburgh and after an unwelcoming visit to the pub opposite we were pleased to find a helpful and friendly young man on the desk. I was looking forward to seeing the garden and even in October it was quite impressive, but it was asking a lot for huge herbaceous borders to be in... More 

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Thank MauriceWilkins
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This castle is great and a very nice way to spend a day there is loads to explore and the staff are very informative but it can be hard or dangerous to get to some areas as i am dysprixic this is a problem and the place needs modernisation of facilities but all in all a great day out

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Pittsburgh, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This castle has so many little rooms and hallways to explore that you feel like a kid in a play fort. The castle is relatively small but much is still intact. With all of the accessible rooms and wall areas this is a fun castle to tour and I would imagine kids would have a blast here. My wife and... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Even the rain didn't dampen our spirits. Dirleton was a joy to explore and the gardens are immaculate. There was a pervading and overpowering smell of stale urine in some of the rooms, otherwise there was little to find fault with.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Great castle very interesting. Beautiful grounds and gardens. Only £5.50 per adult to visit. We were staying in North Berwick so we caught the bus to Dirleton and walked back to Berwick along the beach.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Lovely place to visit. It is one of the better castles to see. It is a ruin but lots to see and the grounds are just gorgeous, would have loved to have gone in the summer when the gardens were in full bloom but still appreciated them as they were. Lovely place to visit would recommend.

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Cheter
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Our party loved the castle and the ability to clamber around inside the ruins and climb up to the flag. A wonderful guide challenged our 6yr old to get up there. You have to be sensible when moving around as it really is a ruin. We had a lovely sunny day and the gardens were great, a bit late in... More 

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